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SAH Field Seminar: Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin

by SAH News | Oct 15, 2014

Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism

Dates: September 1–12, 2015
Tour Leader:
Natalia Muñoa, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina

This SAH Field Seminar covers architecture and the cultural landscape of Uruguay and Argentina. 

Beginning in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city, SAH members will have ample opportunity to experience one of South America’s most dynamic and livable cities, rich in cultural life and a center of commerce. Site visits will include Eladio Dieste’s famous Church of Christ Obrero, a building that is increasingly recognized as one of the masterpieces of postwar modern architecture, and the historic quarter of Colonia, founded by the Portuguese in 1680 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

 A rapid ferry will whisk us across the Rio de la Plata, nearly 30 miles wide at this point, to Buenos Aires, the second-largest city in South America today and one of the largest cities in the world. Travelers will have four full days here to explore the city’s distinct barrios, including hip Palermo and Parisian-inspired Recoleta, and to appreciate its rich urban fabric, comprised in part by some of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture anywhere, as well as a number of fine examples of recent work. A trip to Córdoba, about 450 miles to the northwest of Buenos Aires, concludes the trip. Here, travelers will see a colonial city, complete with a number of buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries yet peppered with some of the most current and innovative recent architecture anywhere in South America.

Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for the full itinerary and cost. This will be one you will not want to miss.

For more information, visit the Study Programs page.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
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